American Pie (1999)
I recently wrote about how the 40-Year-Old Virgin has influenced cinema over the last 7 years since it’s release in 2005, but there was a movie that was released 6 years before it that paved the way for movies such as the 40-Year-Old Virgin. That movie was American Pie. Sure there were plenty of mischievous teen comedies that came before American Pie, but American Pie was the first one to really go over the top with sexual slapstick comedy. The 40-Year-Old Virgin might have been the first mainstream comedy to really apply vulgar sexual dialogue, but American Pie has the guy who violated the apple pie and danced horribly over the internet. It coined the term MILF, gave meaning to the name “Stifler’s Mom,” and Alyson Hannigan has forever instilled in the American culture the phrase “This one time at band camp…” and we all know what follows.
Revolving around a group of high school friends who are not far from graduation, the guys just want to lose their virginity before college and the girls are trying to figure out just what the big deal is. The group discovers that things are not so easy since most of them don’t have a clue into their own sexuality, let alone trying to behave appropriately with the opposite sex. Hilarious pranks and adult situations ensue as the group discovers who they are and what they truly want.
The American Pie franchise has 2 true sequels (American Pie 2 and American Wedding) and 4 straight-to-DVD spinoffs. In April 2012, the American Reunion will hit theaters, and bring back the whole crew. Just as the 40-Year-Old Virgin did, American Pie launched the careers of many young actors including Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Shannon Elizabeth, Mena Suvari, Tara Reid and Alyson Hannigan. Other faces you might recognize include Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy and Natasha Lyonne.
9/10 Stars – Embarrassingly funny
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